Swirling winds blow suddenly around us. Trees are bending as if purposely bowing to a greater force. Leaves and limbs race across yards and roads.
Birds soar upward to heights beyond the storm.
Lightning zags across the sky and thunder boomerangs from clouds to earth to clouds again.
Rain pelts down mingling with hail that respects nothing.
A kadeidoscope of purples, reds and blacks transforms the sky. It appears that nature has lost control.
Electric wires have no choice but to fall as trees, big and small, pull them down or wrap them around.
Man and beast stop as the fury resounds. Then, bathed in silence and darkness, frantic whispers are heard. "Are you okay?" And the storm travels on.
Sirens fill the air and the rescue begins.
A storm can suddenly appear out of nowhere to any one of us. It can leave us brutally pounded and torn. Disaster is most often the result, not only storms against the earth, but also storms against our lives.
Are not disease, death and divorce equally destructive to our sense of well being? Do they not arive unannounced and with no respect?
Storms do not care whom they afflict. They charge upon the rich and the poor, the black and the white, the young and the old, the weak and the strong. Their fury tears at us all. They can leave us torn and bleeding and wishing to die.
In spite of the chaos they leave, storms do not have the final roar. Amidst flying debris and ripping hearts is a God who has been through the storm, has survived the storm and will carry you through the storm.
Storms test us, proving that we cannot survive on our own.
I am weak. I cannot stand on my own feet with violent waves crashing over me. My flesh is fragile before the fury.
Jesus asks us to test Him or to try Him, to know Him and to evaluate His compassion.
He doesn't force us. He asks.
Call upon the name of Jesus. He will run to gather you into His arms. No storm will keep Him from you as through its roar He hears you calling.
Even better, call before the storm.
And as long as you have breath, it's never too late.
"Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (Hebrews 4:16, TNIV)
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